KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda under
their umbrella association “Ibuka” have appealed to the
international community to cooperate in apprehending genocide
suspects still at large.
Dusingizemungu, president of Ibuka, told reporters Monday that
genocide suspects still roam freely in several countries across
On April 7, Rwanda
kicked off commemoration activities to mark the 23rd
anniversary of the 1994 genocide that claimed about 1 million
lives, mostly ethnic Tutsis.
observance begins with a commemoration week for activities like
visiting and laying wreaths at memorial sites, holding burial
for exhumed genocide remains, giving testimonies, public
lectures, and candle lighting vigils.
officially last a week, but the commemoration will continues
toward July 4, marking 100 days of genocide.
No form of
entertainment is allowed during the main commemoration week.
“We are calling upon
the international community to cooperate with our country to
track and apprehend genocide perpetrators who have vehemently
eluded justice for the past two decades,” Dusingizemungu said.
He cited lack of
political will in countries for partly complicating the arrest
and trial of genocide suspects.
According to Rwanda
Genocide Fugitive Tracking Unit (GFTU), since 2007, more than
620 indictments and international arrest warrants have been
issued against suspects in 32 countries in Africa and beyond.
Presently, 12 people
accused of committing genocide have been extradited from Uganda,
DR Congo, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands and ICTR to
stand trial in Rwanda.
The top fugitives,
the so-called “big fish” sought by the Mechanism for
International Criminal Tribunals, include Felicien Kabuga, the
alleged chief financier of the genocide, Protais Mpiranya, the
former commandant of the notorious Presidential Guards, and
former defense minister of the genocidal regime Augustin
said Zimbabwe and DR Congo were among the countries still
reluctant to return suspected genocide fugitives.